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NVIDIA trolls the new Apple TV, reiterating its 4K-capable Shield TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 12:30 am

NVIDIA has been quick off the mark to trash talk the new Apple TV, which Apple says their latest TV device has gaming as a central part of their ecosystem. Well, NVIDIA is much stronger as a gaming-orientated company, so they've chimed in with their Shield TV, which is a 4K-capable device that does more than just 4K streaming or gaming.




NVIDIA created a post on the official Shield page, where it asked the question: "NVIDIA SHIELD or the New Apple TV?". NVIDIA has supported set-top gaming with Shield, which features 4K streaming, voice search, voice commands, and a massive gaming ecosystem that doesn't just include Android games, but PC games too.


And NVIDIA has a point; where the new Apple TV can play iOS games, it can't play anything outside of Apple's ecosystem. Where NVIDIA lets you live within the Android ecosystem, but it has the doors open to the PC too which expands Shield into hundreds of thousands, if not millions of games playable on its Shield TV device.

Dell readies new Windows tablet with 4K edge-to-edge touch display

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 7:25 pm

Leaked slides show that Dell will release its own 2-in-1 tablet called the XPS 12 while simultaneously pushing Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 into the enterprise sector.




The XPS 12 is very much like the Surface Pro 3 in terms of form and functionality, but Dell's new convertible tablet is has a decidedly beefier 12-inch 3840x2160 4K infinity edge-to-edge touch display that supports Dell's Active Stylus. The XPS 12 sports a 10-hour battery, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a back-facing 8MP camera complemented by a 5MP front-facing camera, and the tablet runs Windows 10.


Dell's 4K tablet also comes with a magnetic keyboard dock that features illuminated keys for extra accenting and precision typing. The leaks haven't revealed any further specifications on the XPS 12 like processing power, RAM or memory.

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Jimmy Kimmel shows original iPhone to public, says its iPhone 6S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 3:25 pm

The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are now here, but Jimmy Kimmel has taken a step further where he took to the streets interviewing the public on the new iPhone 6S, except it wasn't the new iPhone. It was the original iPhone, the 3.5-inch one from 2007. Check it out:



Yeah, the people thought it was a demo version of the iPhone 6S and thought it was new, noting how fast it was, and that "Apple has done it again". One person had asked what was new in the iPhone 6S, where they were told that it had a "higher-resolution [display] and a much better quality camera".

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Facebook sees massive growth in Africa, riding mobile wave

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 12:35 pm

Thanks to the massive rise of mobile use in Africa, Facebook has seen stellar growth in this region, reporting 60 percent of all internet users are now signed up to this social media platform, with 80 percent of access happening on mobile devices.




84 percent of Africa's population now has access to mobile networks, as reported by the African Union last week, with this news coming after Facebook's investment into Africa became public in June 2015, resulting in its African user base growing by 20 percent to a total of 120 million in less than 12 months. However, with over a billion people located on this continent, it's obvious that there is still has a long way to go.


With users located mainly within Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, Facebook further made mention that every single user in its Nigerian and South African user base accesses Facebook on a mobile device - making up 15 million and 15 million people respectively. These high figures are backed up by 95 percent of 4.5 million Kenyans following suit.

Intel's quest for low-power networks escalates with LTE advancements

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 7:30 am

A mobile phone that can go through extended heavy data use and still hold charge is a dream that Intel is looking to make a reality. As announced recently, Intel said it will be working with Ericsson and Nokia in order to publish and commercialize Narrow-Band LTE (NB-LTE), in addition to Ingenu stating it will be building a low-power network across the U.S before 2018.




NB-LTE has been described by PC World as a technology that "uses a small amount of radio spectrum to efficiently carry small amounts of data," allowing for lower power consumption.


These two announcements follow reports from Machina Research, stating that 1.5 million devices are set to be connected to low-power wide area (LPWA) networks by 2020. LPWA will lower the cost of Internet of Things (IoT), further ensuring that usability will be at an all time high. This advancement will be a massive step from the regularly-used 2G connection as seen in many IoT devices.

Android Pay pushed live to over one million US locations

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 4:31 am

Android Pay, an Apple Pay rival, has now been pushed live to over one million US locations. Utilizing NFC technology in order to transfer funds from your account to a merchant, Android Pay can be used by any NFC-ready device running KitKat 4.4 or higher.




Estimated by IDC to be worth $1 trillion by 2017, analysts believe that mobile payments are the payment option of the future. With companies such as GameStop, Macy's and Staples picking up this form of payment, we may very well see this become mainstream in the near future.


Google has further confirmed that Android Pay will be rolled out to more locations in coming days, with updates following in the near future. Supporting credit and debit cards such as American Express, MasterCard, Visa and more, Apple and Android pay is all about ease of use and accessibility.

NVIDIA Shield Tablet 2 rumors begin, packing an 8-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2015 11:20 am

NVIDIA has been putting more resources into its Shield line as time goes by, with news of the Shield Tablet 2 now manifesting in the distance. The successor to the Shield Tablet will be powered by the company's Tegra X1 processor.




The new Shield Tablet 2 will feature an 8-inch 1920x1200 display, with the Tegra X1 packing two quad-core processors for an 8-core tablet clocked at 2.2GHz. This is the same processor that powered the original Shield Tablet, which had the issues of overheating problems recently. The new NVIDIA Shield Tablet 2 would however run Android 5.1 Lollipop, offer around 10 hours of video playback and web browsing.


Just like its predecessor, the Shield Tablet 2 will offer 4K display output, where you can output to your 4K-capable display or TV and game at 3840x2160 from a tablet. We will have dual 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and two front-facing speakers. The rumors suggest Shield Tablet 2 will have a micro USB port, microSD slot, and mini-HDMI ports.


Price wise, we're only looking at $299 for the Wi-Fi-only Shield Tablet 2, which is definitely not too badly priced at all.

Siri goes hands-free on Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 8:23 pm

Earlier today Apple confirmed the rumors that the new iPhone models would get an always-on Siri mode.




Apple's new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will enable instant unrestricted access to the helpful AI assistant at a moment's notice. Previously Siri's wealth of knowledge and quirky persona was only usable when charging an iPhone as the AI was an enormous drain on power.


Now Apple has completely changed how we intreact with Siri. Gone are the days of pressing the home button to search the web for a particular recipe or find a flight. On the new phones, Siri is based on voice recognition and instantly responds to her namesake catchphrase "hey Siri", affording some serious potential for a million different hands-free applications. It might seem like a small change but an always-on hands-free Siri experience will undoubtedly change how many people use their phones--and what they use them for.

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Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launch September 25

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 7:37 pm

Apple's new flagship smartphone duo, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, will release later this month with a host of new upgrades like shooting 4K video, new 3D Touch technology, beefier processing power and a new responsive Touch ID sensor.




Today Apple showcased the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus variants and even went so far as jab competitors by saying the new models are the "most advanced smartphones in the world".


Both models can shoot and edit 4K video with 12MP iSight cameras as well as enable Live Photos, a new kind of active photography that animates shutter-speed photos into small gif-like animations. Sadly the models don't have 4K displays: the iPhone 6S has a 4.7" Retina HD display at 1334x750 resolution, whereas the iPhone 6S Plus packs a 5.5" inch 1920x1080 full HD resolution.

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Apple reveals iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with 3D Touch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 6:43 pm

Apple's new iPhone 6S duo features a new evolution of multi-touch called 3D Touch technology.




Apple has changed the smartphone game with a new kind of display called 3D Touch. 3D Touch is made possible by pressure-sensitive haptic feedback, which responds to how hard you press on the phone. The harder you press the screen determines what actions are taken, and essentially the apps can pop-up and layer over one another.


Rather than working in and out and going back and forth between app screens, Apple's 3D Touch is all about going over and under. Pressing lightly on the screen lets you "peek" at content like email, and press hard to open the app itself. Users can also tether their favorite apps in an overlay for instant access, or get to the home screen by applying light pressure on the side of the screen. You can also zoom in and out with the single press of a finger.

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